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Drogue Parachute Drop Test 8
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Drogue Parachute Drop Test 8

July 29, 2010
The jumbo dart used in NASA's drogue parachute test on April 14, 2010, at the Yuma Proving Grounds near Yuma, Ariz., sits alongside the U.S. Air Force C-17 that carried it to an altitude of 25,000 feet before releasing it for the test. The plane is also a movie star: It was used in the films "Transformers" and "Iron Man!" The 77,000-pound payload set a record for the heaviest single load ever extracted out of a C-17 during flight.


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